Thursday, December 3, 2020

IB153 Poinsettia Sympathy

Hello, stampers and happy Thursday!  Time for a new Inspired By challenge...isn't this a cute one?  So clever!   

And here's the optional sketch to use..or not!

All the makin's for some fun snowman goodies!  I went in a bit of a different direction, however; I found out earlier in the week that my cousin Michael lost his battle with a rare form of cancer.  We found out only weeks ago that it was terminal, but it was still a shock when we got the news.  Our grandfather started a florist business back in the 1920s; his son, my uncle Kenny, took over it and then Michael after my uncle went into semi-retirement. Now Michael's brother Brian is running the business.  Why am I telling you all of this?  Going to the "greenhouse" and its particularly wonderful smell, is a part of my childhood that is very special to me, especially at Christmas.  There would be hundreds of poinsettias and other amazing holiday creations (along with that wonderful smell), and so I thought it would be fitting to use poinsettias on a sympathy card for Michael's family.  I chose to pull the Seaside Spray and Basic Gray from the challenge photo for my colors:

The Spot has a "CASE the Designer" challenge this week, so I chose this card and sketch of Andrea's, turning mine in the landscape orientation:

Poinsettias come in so many colors nowadays; I used the smallest one from Poinsettia Petals, stamping it in my Stamparatus twice with Seaside Spray ink to get a darker color, then filling in with the "fill" stamp:

I diecut them with the matching die; added a piece of white organdy ribbon on top of the Basic Gray DSP from last year, then finished them with silver metallic pearls.  After stamping the sentiment in Memento Black, I ran the top layer through the Pinewood Planks EF.  One of my favorite verses from an old Daily Bread Designs set was stamped on the inside:

I hope it brings some comfort to Michael's family.  And I hope you'll find some inspiration in our Inspired By photo too...the DT made some really fun cards; their creativity continues to amaze me!  

Thanks so much for popping in today!  And here's a picture from around 1962 of Michael, my sister Joyce and me at my grandmother's house on Christmas day! I particularly remember that Christmas because I wanted drum majorette boots, which I got; however as I trudged around in them all day long, the tassels began to fall out one by one, much to my dismay--and my mom and grandmother's! We were still finding them weeks later! 

Enjoy your day and be blessed!
Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Itty Bitty Greetings, Poinsettia Petals, Scripture Collection 2 (Our Daily Bread Designs)
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Seaside Spray, Basic Gray DSP (ret)
 Ink Seaside Spray, Memento Black
Accessories Silver Metallic Pearls, Flowers for Every Season Ribbon, Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Pinewood Planks EF, Poinsettia Dies


I Card Everyone said...

First, may I just tell you how sorry I am for your loss, LeAnne... I feel so sorry for those who lose folks they love during the holidays. hugs enclosed.
Second, I love the blue - yes, this is me! I hadn't even noticed the icy blue color of our IB photo until I saw your gorgeous card! [btw- you don't need that other Poinsettia - this is fabulous]
Last - this could be a photo from my own family stash - except for the boots. LOve those black and white photos! Was yours in the fun Kodak yellow mini-album?

Danni Reid said...

I am so very sorry for your loss LeAnne. Your card is so very beautiful, your poinsettias and the story behind them is so special and hopefully brings lots of blessed memories. So much love to your family, prayers will be lifted for all of you!=.

Kampin' Karen said...

I am so sorry for you and your family's loss, LeAnne. I loved your stories about the greenhouse and the boots. This is such a beautiful card. I love the colors you chose.

Tracy Grauer said...

Sending heartfelt hugs to you, LeAnne. Hold those sweet memories close to your heart. Your card is beautiful! The colors and those poinsettias...beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Bonnie said...

I have fond memories of the greenhouse Christmas display too and I agree about the smell. Very different than the Easter smells too. So sorry about your cousin's death. This seems a perfect sympathy card for the family. The colors are so soothing.

Linda Callahan said...

Cousins are our first friends! So sorry to hear about your cousin.....sending hugs my friend! Your card is lovely .....the soft blue is perfect on the flowers!

Lisa Elton said...

I'm so sorry for you loss LeAnne. I know that wonderful smell you wrote about and the memories they bring. This is the perfect sympathy card for his family, beautifully done.

Claire (Mrs H) said...

Love the way uou used the poinsettia and the memory attached. A girgous card. Sorry for your loss

Nora Noll said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I love the soft color you used on the poinsettia and all the thought that went behind making this little piece of art. Beautiful design.

Joanne James - The Crafty Owl said...

Sending you hugs - I'm so sorry for your loss LeAnne, especially at this time. I love how you took inspiration from the photo to make a card that means so much and will I'm sure be very much appreciated.